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AB0L
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February 6, 2020 11:34 am  

Since I just went through this today, I thought I'd pass along some tips.

First, don't bother filling out form DR 2810 and mailing it in (the old process). The state will just kick it back to you with a letter telling you to go to your county DMV office.

Next, don't bother trying to use the new online vanity plate ordering system. It doesn't work for Amateur Call plates.

Your experience at the county DMV will likely depend on how many hams they've seen in the past 4-5 months since this process was dropped in their laps. In Elbert, I got the privilege of being the first. Took three clerks a good 20 minutes to figure it out. As zeros are not allowed on normal Colorado license plates, they struggled to get the system to accept my call. If you run into the same at your DMV, you might want to offer that the "plate type" must be changed. Apparently that's not something they normally do and in that drop-down is an option for "Amateur Call". Then they'll be able to enter a zero, if needed. Remember to bring a signed copy of your FCC license (they'll scan it), your drivers license, and proof of insurance.

You'll pay whatever vehicle property taxes are due pro-rated to the current month plus a $2 fee for the tags. Plates will be mailed with new stickers in 10 days or so. Lastly, I asked the clerks if there was any vehicle restrictions for Amateur Call plates and they said they didn't think so. Should be possible for motorcycles, trailers/campers too, if so inclined.

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Brian
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February 11, 2020 8:13 pm  

Wow!  What a challenge.  Thanks Jeff for paving the way for the rest of us in Elbert County.

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Scott AK6Q
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February 26, 2020 11:33 pm  

I had a similar experience at the Douglas County Registrars office last week while I was registering my truck here in Colorado.  I unfortunately could not produce my signed FCC license as I had forgotten it.  They were up to speed on creating the license and told me the cost would be $50 for the new plate and if you chose a specialty background there is an additional fee for those.  I forgot to ask if there was an annual additional fee for this type of plate for each renewal.

 

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AB0L
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February 28, 2020 5:42 pm  

Hmm, that doesn't sound right. Amateur call plates are not vanity. They're a special plate like "farm truck", "street rod", "us senator", etc. The fee is $2. No special backgrounds are allowed. Classic green / white mountain plate only.

I guess non-zero region calls could technically do a standard vanity plate on any of the flavors Colorado makes, but yeah, that's $60 + $25/year. No-go for anyone with a "0" call though as Colorado doesn't allow zeroes on non-amateur plates.

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Scott AK6Q
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February 28, 2020 7:49 pm  

That's great news on the cost savings!!!   The kid at the registrars office was a little unsure of himself with this as he had only done one a couple of weeks ago.    I will follow up when I get my plates.   Thanks.

 


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AB0L
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March 17, 2020 4:38 pm  

Update: The machine that prints CO vanity plates broke down. Earliest it will be back in operation is mid-April. DMV sent me a nice letter to show the cops when I get pulled over with expired tags in the meantime. 🤣 

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JSB
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April 14, 2020 8:55 am  

Very helpful info, Jeff! Will be incredibly useful if I go that route. Didn't know those are actually Amateur Call plates. I thought they were just the vanity plates.

John

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Sasquatch
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September 28, 2020 4:48 pm  

Do you have to own the vehicle?  Several years back I tried to obtain callsign plates on a leased vehicle but was told I had to own the vehicle.  Apparently, leasing a car is not considered owning it so DMV turned me down.  Is this still true?

 

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AB0L
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September 28, 2020 9:28 pm  

Call the Colorado DMV but I'm 99.9% certain leased vehicles can have personalized plates as long as the lease is in your name. Not sure if it's a company owned vehicle.

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